- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Gulfport man will serve two years on probation for failing to report a drug conspiracy involving the anti-anxiety drug Xanax and muscle-building steroids.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1PkXwGR) U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett sentenced Joshua Jones in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg on Thursday, also ordering him to pay a $2,000 fine in a case in which he also admitted allowing others to use his personal information in a money laundering scheme to hide the drug proceeds.

Jones was one of four indicted in the case, but charges were dismissed against two of the suspects.

A fourth suspect, 28-year-old Robert Benjamin Jones, of Gulfport, was fined $5,000 for laundering money and conspiracy to distribute alprazolam, the generic for Xanax, and possession of an unregistered firearm, a sawed-off shotgun.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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